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And be opened the bottomless pit, and therë aroje a smoke out of the pit as the smoke of a great furnace; and the fun and the air weré darkened by reason of the firoke of the pit. And there came out of the fmoke locuftis upon the earth; and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree ; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they fould be tormented five months ; and their torment was as the torment of a score pion when he friketh a man. And in thofe days Mall men feek death, and shall not find it; and fall desire to die, and death fall flee from them. And the shapes of the locusts were like unto borfes prepared unto battle ; and on their beads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates as it were breast-plates of iron; and the Sound of their wings was as the found of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like into scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to burt men five months. And they had a king
over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue he hath his name Apollyon. One who is paft; and behold, there come two woes more hereafter. And the fixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, saying to the fixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to say the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breaft-plates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the beads of the horses were as the heads of lions ; and out of their mouths issued fire, and smoke, and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which isued out of their mouths. For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails : for their tails were like unto ferpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues, yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not wor
Ship devils, and idols of gold and filver, and brass, and stone, and of wood, which neither can fee, nor hear, nor walk. Neither' repented they of their murders, nor of their forceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their theftsh.
St. Peter and St. Jude expressly speak of a great apoftafy from the Christian faith, when false teachers should tempt Christians to the greatest diffoluteness of conduct, and poison their minds with Infidelity.
• But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable herefies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways, by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil Spoken of. . And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandize of you : whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation Numbereth not. For if God spared not the angels that finned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; and spared not the old world, but saved Noah,
the eighth perfon, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; - and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah inio afhès, condemning them with an overthrow, making them an enfaniple unto those that after should live ungodly ; and delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (for that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous foul from day to day with their una lawful deeds). The Lord knoweth how to.de liver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjuft unto the day of judgment to be punished: but chiefly then that walk after the flesh in the luft of uncleanness, and despise göz : vernment. Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities : whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. But these, as natural brute beasts made to be taken and destroyed, Speak evil of the things that they understand not, and shall utterly perish in their own corruption ; and shall. receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day-time. Spots they are and blemishes, Sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; having eyes full of adultery, and that cannat cease from fin; beguiling unstable souls ;
an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children : which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bofor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; but was rebuked for his iniquity. The dumb ass speaking with man'svoice, forbad the madness of the prophet. These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempeft; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the Lufts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption ; for of whom a man is overcome, of the fame is be brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollations of the world, through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Chrift, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the fow that was washed, to her wallowing in the mire. This second Epijile,